Die zwei Päpste (2019)

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Die zwei Päpste: Directed by Fernando Meirelles. With Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín, Luis Gnecco. Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

“Much has been made of the brilliance of the two title performers, and deservedly so. Both Hopkins and Pryce are absolutely convincing as German and Argentinean pontiffs who converse in English (conveniently for viewers) as their common language. Each actor is so fresh and alive within the personality of his u0026quot;characteru0026quot; that I was easily persuaded they may be truer to the souls of these men than the living originals.nNot enough credit has been paid to Anthony McCarten, the writer of this complex, layered conversation. It is the kind of dialogue great men wish they had spoken. What courage and skill it takes to undertake such a verbal tour de force.n(Imagine if world leaders couldnu0026#39;t hire speech writers. Could Shakespeareu0026#39;s kings and queens really speak as well as he wrote for them?)nMcCarten has written the scripts for three Oscar-winning actors; isnu0026#39;t it time he was recognized?nAnd Fernando Meirelles is the masterful director who brought all the elements together. This is a renaissance man, adept in many fields, from architecture to cinema–and organic farming as well. He has been nominated for one directing Oscar (for u0026quot;City of Godu0026quot;), and here he shows his ability to maintain both visual interest and intellectual fascination through two hours of what amounts to an intense, extended talk.nThat the movie never felt u0026quot;talkyu0026quot; is a tribute to all four great artists.”


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